The Entire 2012 Korean Trip Photo Album Is Out!

Update 2019.08.25 – Since the demise of Google+, I have been working on retrieving some of the posts from the archive. This entry has been edited to restore the original messages while keeping the mood and tune as it was back in 2012. The photo albums can be found in via this link.

I know I have not been paying as much attention to this website as I used to be.  The truth is that I have not stopped blogging.  Just that I am doing so more often at Google+ instead.  There is something amazing on that social platform.

Now back to our Korean holiday last year, I have finally finished processing all the pictures and have them mostly published at Google+.  Photo processing takes time mainly due to the fact that I put captions on each photo that is worth publishing.  And adding captions require fact checking and constantly referring to my diary (and my terrible, terrible handwriting doesn’t help).  My goal is to be able to view the photograph and read the captions in the future so as to relive the moments.

Jeongbang Waterfall

As always, the links to the photo albums can be found in here.  Below are the journal entries for each day of our travel, documented in Google+.  Thank you for reading and browsing!

Day 2 Gyeongbokgung Palace

On day 2 of our trip to Korea this year, we have visited Gyeongbokgung Palace. We visit European palaces often on our overseas trips. Besides the one we have visited in Thailand, this one in Korea has to be the second Asian palace we have visited.

Full of traditions and stories, we enjoyed the little tour. The sky was cloudy and later, rained. So we did not do too much inside the palace. Nonetheless, we have got much covered.

Day 3 Jeongju

On day 3 of our trip to Korea, we have visited the UNESCO heritage site Jeonju 240km south of Seoul. We took a free bus – 3 hours trip – departing at 8 am and returning at 5 pm.

It was a sunny day, though it got cloudy and really freezing as the sun hide behind the thick cloud.

Jeonju has plenty of traditional architecture called Hanok housing. It is a land with 1,253 years of history.

Day 6 Seongsan Sunrise Peak / Manjanggul Cave

The first day in Jeju Korea, Cynthia and I have decided to visit the two UNESCO sites – Sunrise Peak and Majanggul Cave – as well as Museum of Women Divers.

The weather was … less than perfect. So, when the weather is ugly, from a photographer’s point of view, there are a couple of things he or she can do. Focus on the model, stay indoors, and go underground.

We did all three 🙂

Day 7 Jeju Love Land

Happy 2013! Day 7, we have visited Jeju Loveland. A sculpture theme park based on sensuality and eroticism. 

Day 8 Jeju Museum of Sex and Health

Some have asked what is the difference between the Museum of Sex and Health and Loveland (which I have previously shared).

Well, Loveland mainly displays sculptures of sensuality meets eroticism. Museum of Sex and Health started with a series of statistics and information with regards to sex (in Korea I presume as it is written in Korean and I don’t understand). The museum also has an extensive collection of sex-related handicraft from all over the world. I was very much impressed with the breadth of the collection. Then there were life-size mannequins that depicted different sexual fantasies, which I thought was very creepy. And, a film on how to make love (as well as some vintage sex clips). At the end of the indoor exhibition, there were paintings by local artists that I enjoyed viewing.

Above all, I love the outdoor sculptures decorated in front of this museum.

Day 9 World Cup Stadium

Day 9 of our Korea holiday, Cynthia and I have decided to take it easy, wake up late, and visit the World Cup Stadium nearby. There is a direct bus from our apartment to the stadium, which is also next to a hypermarket, a food court, and some restaurants.

We also took the opportunity to take couple-photographs using a tripod. One thing I love about using a tripod is that – besides having photographs of us together – every photograph is proper and balanced. Little processing is required. They are straight as it is, perspective is just right.

Day 11 Seongeup Folk Village

How time flies! I have no idea why I took such a long break in photo processing. Well, here are the photographs taken during day 11 of our Korea holiday … last year.

Seongeup Folk Village is located at the southwest of Jeju Island. It is an old inland village whereby in the past, was the administrative center of the island. While there are some buildings and structures that are open to the public, most are houses that people still live inside!

Wonderful experience it was. The weather was good on that day too!

Day 12 Jeongbang Waterfall, Korea (Jeju)

For those of you who are following our Korea travel blog album, this is the last of the series! Though that day seems so far away (unfortunately it takes me a long time to process an album), I still remember vividly how excited my wife and I were to finally tour somewhere right next to our apartment, without the need to call for a taxi and try to flag one without knowing the language.

The walk to Jeongbang Waterfall was pleasant. The waterfall is the only one in Asia that the waterfalls directly onto the sea. Now, I am unsure why such rarity. It probably means that if you were to skinny dip near Jeongbang Waterfall, the water would be salty to the taste.

After visited the waterfall, we continued – on foot – to visit the town nearby. Attracted by the photographs of some noodle dishes displayed in front of a restaurant, we have picked a place for lunch. The dish turned out to be cold (in winter!). Lesson learned, don’t anyhow order food by the cover. The irony is that the owner of the restaurant spoke Chinese but I don’t (I speak Cantonese besides some very broken Spanish).

The little town Seogwipo was charming. Spent 6 hours strolling the streets, we have circulated the “art route” twice, visited a church, and in the end, we were seated at a park to pass time, waiting for a good hour for dinner.

The dinner was sort of anti-climax. We ordered something so gross that till today, we are still trying hard to forget having eaten it.

Oh well.

Korea Holiday Photo Albums – A Recap Thus Far

Lately I have been busy processing the photographs taken during our recent trip to Korea in a lightning speed.  Too much to do, too little time.  Procrastination weights me down, eventually depresses me much.  So I wish to get it done, and move onto the next thing in life.

Museum of Sex and Health

Google+ has some unspoken guidelines when it comes to posting of pictures.  Images that show female nipples and human genitals including implied sex – be it as vanilla or oral or whatever – are out of the question.  What about paintings?  I was told that Origin of the World by French artist Gustave Courbet is also not allowed due to – I believe – realism.  But what about sex related sculptures?

Not wanting to risk getting my Google+ account banned, I have hosted the Museum of Sex and Health album and Jeju Loveland album back in my website.  Feel free to click onto the links for viewing.  I really love some of these local art pieces.  Something seldom to be seen here in Singapore for sure.

When it comes to holiday itinerary, Cynthia and I are pretty much in sync.  We are not into shopping.  We don’t mind a bit of walking and a little bit of hardship, so long as we have plenty of breaks with food and drink in between.  And, we love to visit the museums.


There is a Samsung Museum of Art called Leeum in Seoul.  We attempted to visit it on the day we visited Gyeongbokgung Palace.  But Leeum was closed on Monday.  On our second attempt, it was snowing in Seoul.  It was quite a challenge to walk up the slippery slope.  But we made it up and down safe.  Photo albums for these two locations can be found by clicking onto the two links above.

I have no idea how Cynthia has found a free bus ride to Jeonju.  She registered our tickets online, prior to our trip.  Bravo!  It took three hours to travel from Seoul to Jeonju – a UNESCO heritage site.  Thankfully, we had some decent weather for a good half of the day.

Talking about UNESCO sites, we have visited two in Jeju – namely Seongsan Sunrise Peak and Manjanggul Cave.  Both locations are unique and worth visiting.  One above ground, another underneath.  Don’t miss that photo album too.

The most unique museum we have visited in Korea has got to be Museum of Teddy Bear.  You can imagine my reaction when Cynthia first suggested and later insisted that we shall visit a museum full of teddy bears.  I have got a lot of eyes rolling reaction whenever I mentioned this to my guy friends.

Interestingly and surprisingly, Museum of Teddy Bear is anything but childish or silly.  It is a one of the most popular tourist spots in Jeju Island.

When God Created Teddy Bear

I still have quite a few more photo albums for sharing, photographs from our Korea trip yet to be processed.  As of now, this is what I have.  If the links above you confuse you, check out my photograph page for a more organized view.

Jeju Loveland Photo Album

First, wishing all my readers a Happy 2013.  May you be blessed with all the joy and happiness life has to offer.  Time flies.  And we are one year wiser.  It is good to do some self-reflection on what we have accomplished last year and what our plans are this year.

I wish I could have spent more time with my website.  But the line between blogging and social networking in Google+ is blurring, as some pioneers have predicted.  The outlook of my website this year would remain as a place for higher quality and more lengthy writing while Google+ is an excellent place to incubate new concepts and ideas, to meet new friends who share common passions.

Love, from Jeju Loveland

It is a pure coincidence that I am featuring photographs of a sex theme park on a New Year Day.  You may have noticed that my photographs are now published at Google+ instead of here in my website.  Well, it saves disk space and the interaction is a lot richer over there.  However, not wanting to run the risk of getting my Google+ account suspended due to explicit contents, I am publishing this album here.

  • Click here to view Jeju Loveland Photo Album (52 pictures with captions).  Warning: explicit contents.

For those who are new to Jeju Loveland, it is a sculpture / theme park based on sensuality and eroticism.  Jeju Island has long been a popular honeymoon location for the Koreans.  It is said that in the older days, after the Korean War, arranged marriage was the norm.  The island provided sex education for the then honeymooners, and to break the ice so as to speak.

When Cynthia and I visited Jeju Loveland, we thought the experience would be all weird and embarrassing.  In contrary, the theme park is full of giggle and laughter.  People of all ages (above 18 of course) seem to enjoy the humor side of the sculptures.  We do too.

PS. More photographs from our Korea Trip can be found in this link.

The Birth Of A Language – Hangeul (Korean)

Korean language intrigues me.  During my brief holiday visit, I would stare at the characters for hours (read: long bus rides) and trace the writing with my finger on my thigh.  Looking at Hangeul from a Chinese perspective, each character appears to assemble like the Chinese characters do, but in an entirely unique way.  There are circles ㅇ and there are squares ㅁ.  Fragments of Chinese-ish constructs ㅅㅆ , strokes ㅓ ㅔ.  And many unique symbols ㄹ and ㅙ.  Putting them together, it is just beautiful.  Like 안녕하세요, which means hello.

Sujeongjeon, where the Korean alphabets were invented.

Of all the pictures I have taken in Gyeongbokgung Palace, this particular one is my favorite one.  This is where Hangeul, the Korean alphabet was invented under King Sejong 569 years ago.  I could imagine the historical moment of scholars (perhaps) getting together and designed a new system to phonetically transform the then-current language into a new one.  What sort of debate went on in that office?  How long did the entire process take place?  How many generations did it take to educate the entire nation on how to use this new language?  Whatever the answers are, this structure you see marks the birth of a language that exists till today.

Of all the government offices inside the palace, Jiphyeonjeon, the Hall of Worthies, is the only one remaining. It is where Hangeul, the Korean alphabet, was invented under King Sejong. Rebuilt in 1867, its name was later changed to Sujeongjeon. It served as the cabinet office during the Reform Movement of 1894.

Unlike my previous trips, this time round, I have intended to separate the photograph processing work (that includes adding captions to each picture) from the travel journal writing work.  I hope this way, I am able to share the pictures in a more timely fashion.  I frequently publish the processed photographs in Google+.  For those who are not connected with me over in Google+, you may keep checking out the photograph section of my website.  I update the links there as and when new albums are published.